Friday, June 27, 2008

New Pendants

Finally!.. My son arrived from his study trip to Europe, Africa and Asia (with a super nice sun tan). Here he is with professor Ana Georas at the airport. We missed him so much but we know he learned a lot and that all these experiences are part of his education and a way to fulfill his overall culture. Rauli brought so many artcrafts and lovely presents! I'm taking advantage of all these beautiful objects to display some of my new creations.
Against this Egyptian pipe are three ceramic heart pendants that I made last week. I still need more practice and to gain more experience specially with glazes and I need to get used to work with clay. This one is natural earthclay that comes from our Mother Earth. I didn't use molds, I shaped them with my hands and only used some rubber stamps. The more I practice, the more I like it. In following posts I will be showing more lovely objects and more ceramic jewelry.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Paella... Olé

I don't know why this necklace reminds me the Spanish dish paella. Maybe because it has a variety of colors and charms or maybe because Rauli is today in Madrid and when he called he told me he was eating a paella in a restaurant at Plaza Mayor. The necklace (or the paella?) is all handmade. I used copper wire for the chain and the clasp, both hadmade using more than 70 jump rings. For the charms I used cloisoné, crystals, ceramic, red coral, and pewter. It is very colorful, and instead of chicken and seafood it has butterflies, and an owl!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My first ceramic pendants!

Oh wow! Here they are... My first ceramic pendants. They came right out of the kiln last Friday. They have been fired twice. I am just learning this new art and for me it is fascinating. I hope you like them too.

I made some hearts and some butterflies. I glazed them with different colors. The colors are a big surprise. They look quite different from the colors I gave them originally. But, I like them any way.

My son Rauli arrived today at Athen (Greece). He is having a wonderful time. I'm dying to see him again and to see all the photos that he is taking from all these incredible places.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Rauli in Egypt... Frida in Puerto Rico

Last week my son Rauli went with his classmates and professor Anna Georas to an international study trip to Egypt, Istanbul and Greece. Rauli studies at the School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico. They are now traveling through Egypt and are exploring and studying the ancient ruins, pyramids and tombs of the Egytians. This important study trip is made to complete the classroom experience, to gain new perspectives, and to study architecture in a foreign environment in order to enhance the understanding of the discipline.

Here we are at the airpot minutes before they leave to Egypt through Spain. In the first picture Rauili is with me, and in the second with his father Raúl (We miss him so much but we are very happy for him). I will soon post some photos of this study trip.

And... I just wanted to show you a picture of one of my Frida's Pendant. I love everything about the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. I created this pendant using an innovative transfer technique in a jade stone. It is wrapped in sterling silver wire.